Selfish local drivers need to wise up

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My commute each day is about 40 miles over mostly multilane roads. I've often seen drivers squatting in the left lane at 55 mph, oblivious to the cars behind them, sometimes running bumper to bumper, unable to pass due to another car in the right lane also going 55 mph.

Sometimes I'll be in an empty right lane, and have a chance to pass a car to the left. I glance to see what sort of driver this is. It's everyone: black, white, male, female, young, old, in expensive cars and in junkers. No one group has a monopoly on this folly.

These drivers can't seem to see that they are acting selfishly and, with road rage steaming off the roofs of the cars behind them, are endangering themselves and the rest of us. Why don't they realize what they're doing? Why do they hog the passing lane when common sense and common courtesy tell us it's wrong? ...

My 1995 copy of the Georgia driver's manual says on page 41: "While driving too fast is very dangerous, driving too slowly on certain highways can also be dangerous. When there are two or more lanes for traffic moving in the same direction, slower vehicles should use the right hand lane except when passing or making a left turn. In any case, you must not drive ... so slow as to interfere with the normal flow of traffic."

I ask our school boards to include driver's education as a mandatory subject, and our local TV stations and newspapers to educate those of us past school age.

Not only would smarter driving make our commutes less stressful, it also would decrease our visits to hospitals and cemeteries.

Steve Kohn, Hephzibah

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CantTrustaDumbocrat 09/13/07 - 10:48 pm
The slower driver (no matter

The slower driver (no matter what speed they are going) is causing just
as much of an unsafe condition by purposefully remaining in the left
lane to attempt to slow someone. Most of time, that aggravates the
faster driver, and we've all been in those situations before. The safe
thing for everyone is get out of the way. You're not Superman, and your
car definitley is stop using it as a weapon. Try to help
everyone get from Point A to Point B. After all, isn't that why we have
vehicles? By blocking traffic, you are just as unsafe of a driver as
the fast driver.

***SGS, I just had to repost this part of your comment because it is so
true and needs to be said again. Most drivers feel like they are so
perfect and are the "best drivers in the world" Of course they "know"
it is everyone else who is at fault. Thus I felt that posting your
comment again may let some of them know that they do not "walk on
water" when they get behind the wheel of their car. If more people
would mind their own driving habits and show some courtesy to others,
we all could get where we are going and in a much better frame of mind
when they get there.

GoneFromAugustaAndLoveIt 09/14/07 - 03:13 am
There is no courtesy on the

There is no courtesy on the roads of Augusta except for funerals.

SGS 09/14/07 - 04:53 pm
I guess at one point in

I guess at one point in almost everyone's life they are a "lowely criminal," as, according to mackit, if you are going over the speed limit, you're labeled as such. So, the driver going 56 mph on a 55 mph road is just as "lowely" of a "criminal" as the driver going 65 mph on the same road.

usarmycwo 09/16/07 - 09:43 pm
I'm the one who wrote the

I'm the one who wrote the original letter. Glad to see it's raised some discussion.

Two days after the letter appeared, I saw a pickup stay in the left lane for about 5 miles with a Civic so close behind it I thought for a while it was being towed. An SUV in the right lane stayed even with the pickup, not allowing the Civic to pass. I slowed way down, to avoid the certain crash. It ended, though, with the pickup eventually moving to the right lane and making a right turn. Was this three friends playing a game, or an example of stupidity and selfishness?

Friends, I'd like to emphasize two things:

1. The driver's manual of GA itself says we shouldn't be in the left lane unless we're passing or about to make a left turn. Those who keep bringing up the 55 mph speed limit are missing the point.

2. I'm convinced our bad drivers just don't know the rules of the road. Some are vigilantes or selfish, but most, I think, just don't know what's right. What's needed is for our local media -- newspaper and TV stations -- to educate us. That might happen if more of us ask for it. So yes, let's contribute to this forum, but also, yes, let's write to the media and ask for help on this.

usarmycwo 09/17/07 - 07:42 pm
I am not making this up: On

I am not making this up: On today's commute home (which is on a newly constructed stretch of straight 4-lane highway that doesn't have much traffic), I passed a large black SUV. Of course, I was in the right lane, the SUV in the left. Looking over, I saw a white teenager driving and a middle-aged woman who was probably his mother in the passenger's seat. It looked like some driver's ed was taking place. Is this how it all starts? One driver who drives badly teaching another how to drive badly? After I passed the SUV, I saw in the rear view mirror that there was a bunch of cars and an 18-wheeler behind him, and soon he was also passed by them. It's not a safe situation when an 18-wheeler passes you in the right lane. Why is this par for the course around Augusta?

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